Arizona State has already lost five of its last seven games and is coming off of a winless stretch that includes a loss to Cal on Saturday.
Now, head coach Todd Graham is looking to make sure that doesn’t happen again against the Wildcats.
“We’ve got to get that attitude and get out there and play as hard as we can,” Graham said.
“If we’re going to be successful, we’re playing against Arizona.
It’s just a matter of putting it together.””
The guys are playing hard, we know that.
It’s just a matter of putting it together.”
The Wildcats (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) will look to continue their hot start with a victory Saturday night at home against Colorado.
Arizona State, which has lost five straight, is in first place in the Pac-10 with a 6-2 record and is averaging 38.4 points per game.
Graham, who was hired after being the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, is looking for the same kind of turnaround.
“I’ve been in the game a long time and I’ve had a lot of success, but I’ve never had a team with a chance of winning that many games in a row,” Graham explained.
“I think this is a different team, we have a lot to prove.
We’ve got a lot left to prove.”
Arizona State has won four of the last five meetings with Arizona, including an 84-73 victory in the season opener at home in 2017.
The Wildcats are 1-2 against the Beavers since the 2014-15 season.
Arizona’s offense has struggled to come together since the season began.
The Beavers have averaged just over 100 points per contest in Graham’s first six games, but have gone just 7-for-23 from beyond the arc in those contests.
“When we’ve had good scoring, we’ve done it,” Graham added.
“We’ve gotten some good shots down the stretch.
As long as we’re on the same page offensively, we’ll be fine.”